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Mister Organ Review

Fraud, deceit and an in-person back and forth that would make for a solid twenty-minute scroll on Twitter, Mister Organ is quite the fascinating feature. Journalist David Farrier has been through hell and back over the half decade this story has taken him to cobble together. Key to this fascinating back and forth, the hellfire that comes through a mundane little pocket of the world, psychological warfare explodes a community just trying to get by and keep to themselves. Fascinating implosions of the self and others, the infamous Mister Organ, a local villain clamping his way to controversy. Ludicrous claims and wildcard parking claims soon take a dive, from fly-on-the-wall to earnestly and fearfully involved.  

Michael Organ, the weird and misty little entity that clamped and claimed his way to notoriety has left his mark long-term. It was hell, according to one of his former roommates. Mister Organ gives time to those that knew him intimately, crafting this self-imposed urban legend on a man that, outside of this small pocket of the world, few will have heard of. But that is the beauty of Farrier and his work here, the fact he can drag out a slow-burning story, a proper and true craftsman of long-form journalism. Sometimes the weird and wonderful stories tabloids cover are far darker and fascinatingly sinister than first expected. A rampant wildcard at the best of times, and a terrible person at the worst, Michael Organ is dissected in detail.  

Where Dark Tourist may have cemented the danger and fascination of the world around him, Mister Organ gives Farrier the chance to engage the walking dangers, the people taking advantage of their time on earth. Prince, Count, car monitor, unable to spell his name, the essential oddity and spiral of Mister Organ is well-developed and kept together by the constant reliance on those who lived with or experienced the force of Michael Organ. Simplistic documentary charm sees little movement but plenty of important shots and camera angle changes to continually hook the viewer, the real action is the spiral that comes from disposing of trash, of finding those who have experienced the horrors of Jillian and Organ. If it were not so chilling, it would have all the makings of an unhinged Nathan For You bonus episode. 

But it is not. This is quality journalism. Mister Organ may be blown out of proportion, but it is the people who did that. Conviction is what drives Mister Organ, a documentary that could have been as dull as the petty claims made by one party on an investigative other. Yet the fascination that comes from it and the few regurgitated facts show that there is far more than meets the eye for the everyday weirdo. They are profiled in their fifteen minutes of fame, and the occasional news article provides momentum to their place in the world, but peeling back the layers to their life reveals horrifying detail. Mister Organ proves that, and it shows the placement of weird news in the media is more than just a frivolous endeavour to highlight a strange and confusing story to tut at and move on. Farrier carries the torch for quality journalism, peering into the strange backstories of shady characters and getting his hands dirty in the detail.  

Ewan Gleadow
Ewan Gleadow
Editor in Chief at Cult Following | News and culture journalist at Clapper, Daily Star, NewcastleWorld, Daily Mirror | Podcast host of (Don't) Listen to This | Disaster magnet

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